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Adjustment problems of Iranian international students in Scotland


Narjes Mehdizadeh 
School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland 

Gill Scott 
School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland 
j.m.scott@gcal.ac.uk

 

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Abstract

“Please understand (with sincere heart) the need of the overseas students. The differences in culture and religion do not mean that we cannot stay and live together happily.” (Student comment, Rogers and Smith, 1992, p.7)

Despite the important contribution of the adjustment of international students to successful academic performance in the host country, little research has been done in the United Kingdom. The aim of this study was to collect factual information about adjustment problems of Iranian international students in Scotland, such as psycho-social and cultural adjustment problems. The findings of this study underline the importance of sojourn’s expectations in cross-cultural adjustment particularly in the case of migrants from developing countries to Western countries and also the role of religion in adjustment. On the other hand, this study questions the role of the acculturation particularly in the case of international students and adjustment. The study concludes by making a series of recommendations to agencies involved with international students. These include provision of more pre-arrival information, better accommodation, extensions of financial or employment support and improved support to the barriers of students.

Adjustment, international students, Iranian students, family and social factors, Scotland

 

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 Mehdizadeh, N. and Scott, G. (2005) Adjustment problems of Iranian international students in Scotland. International Education Journal, 6 (4), 484-493.
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